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Opposition to Welfare Reform Bill Grows as Million Mask March Approaches.

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Welfare Reform Bill Will Make Poor People Even Poorer, Say Churches


Written by Andrew Coates

November 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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  1. “encouraging people into work” the main problem being employers, who are taking advantage of “work experience” how many replies does one receive from employers after applying for jobs.


    November 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  2. How the Tories are trying to make it impossible for labour to win. that’s obvious isn’t it.

    Boundary changes, allowing expatriates to vote and changes to trade union funding will all hit the opposition.



    November 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  3. A coalition of health experts is calling for a personal trainer to be put in every doctor’s surgery and job centre to help tackle the UK’s physical inactivity problem.



    November 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    • “Why are you sunbathing on the beach” “why are you sitting on that bench in the park” the world is one huge job centre!.


      November 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    • Better off focusing on those who won’t walk the children to school,insist on parking as close as they can or where without consideration to anyone else.Or those with life without the car is unlivable.Perhaps they mean Jobcentre staff themselves a few of them could take up some exercise.

      Anyone signing has enough of a runaround with them as it is.


      November 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm

  4. Regarding your promotion of ‘Class War’, Mr Coates. We will have a chat about this soon. In the meantime enjoy your Bonfire Night – just not at taxpayers expense!

    Ipswich Jobcentre Plus

    November 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    • Heard that next time a demonstration is planned for a week day. ALL those on JSA or MWA etc will be REQUIRED to attend their local Jobcentre. They will be there from 08:30 until 18:30. It will be advisable that you take food with you. No mobile phones allowed in the building on that day


      November 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

  5. “Is your client an early-riser? I can give them the 9am appointment.”, “No, she is a lazy cow.”

    Overheard in the Jobcentre

    November 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm

  6. “The principle of providing enough has been deliberately undermined because the government wishes to use financial pressure to alter the behaviour of low-income families. Morally this should be deeply concerning. But the government has failed to present any evidence that these financial pressures will actually achieve this aim of changing behaviour. Even more worryingly there appears to be no recognition that pressurising families in this way is likely to cause hardship – especially to children who are innocent bystanders in this process”


    November 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  7. Freedom of Information in the UK is under threat.

    Stop FOI restrictions.

    The government has announced a new Commission to examine the FOI Act and consider what further restrictions should be imposed on the right to know.



    November 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

  8. Universal Credit Stuck In The Slow Lane As Government Told Roll-Out Plans ‘Not Credible’



    November 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm


    Here is an amazing article from The Telegraph criticising the Chancellor. If you think the tax credits fiasco is bad, just wait until Universal Credit is unleashed on the working poor with tax rates of 65% – or is it 75% or even 93% for some workers?:



    November 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    • Quote from above article:

      “Yet again, we can see the Chancellor’s biggest political weakness – he is so clever that he’s downright stupid”.


      November 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

      • Which is why he needs 8 advisers!.


        November 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

    • Tobanem

      Ah the natives are growing restless methinks, GidIdiots stupidity knows no bounds so just how much of a duck up will reach the good readers of the Telegraph, Daily Heil, Sun, Times etc? The phrase here is “Unintended Consequences”.

      Someone might have noticed a little problem with GidIdiots plans – mainly, if a couple of Million people have no money, doesn’t that equate to a recession/depression or god forbid collapse?



      November 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  10. Sorry to wonder off topic a bit but does anyone one know when the current Provider Contracts end that cover the CWP.

    I read somewhere it was September 2016.

    Also is it still current policy for all new JSA / UC claimants to be immediately sent on CWP within a month of starting a new claim or is some semblance of the old 6 Month rule still in play anywhere ?

    All I heard was that they Might not send someone on CWP if they were getting Contribution based JSA – at least until it changed to Income based on their claim ? But that was just a passing thing I heard I’ve been unable to confirm either way.

  11. Not just statistics’: service remembers London’s dead homeless people.

    Memorial service at St-Martin-in-the-Fields church hears personal stories of some of the 194 people to have died on capital’s streets in past year.



    November 6, 2015 at 11:29 am

  12. Not sure if these help but I asked the ONS and this is what they gave me :


    This has come up a time or two in my studies with regard to the DWP policies and Practices – I have been considering making a complaint about the DWP the only problem is I’d need to check how implementation varies with the actual practices and – there is an element of being spoiled for choice.

    I have been considering complaining about how someone in reciept of a Higher or medium level Sanction can be reasonably be expected to do the Community Work Programme when they have Zero or Reduced Income following a dis-allowance, sanction or penalty for an overpayment.

    How can someone pay to travel and food and general expenses involved in work (what they used to give people a Training allowance for many years ago) when they have not means to do that.

    That to my mind seems like it’s pretty unfair and suggests that either a sanction should be removed for someone on CWP or that someone shouldn’t be sent on CWP when sanctioned.

    But then as we all know the motivation isn’t for people to secure employment it’s for them to be bullied off their claims.

    Anyway here is the Ombudsman’s document (PDF) : On Complaints : Responsiveness and accountability in Government regarding complaints


  13. Tobanem

    November 6, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    • Tobanem, if I see one in this food bank I’ll let you know.!


      November 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    • I wonder if that includes the 40% of Jobcentre personnel who are on benefits themselves, and who have have been sanctioned under Universal Credit – and then have to attend food banks along with other “working poor” victims?


      November 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    • Tobanem, did you see this one, which was posted on the previous blog.

      This appeared the day after the news on DWP being placed in job centres.

      30th OCT Update on food banks.


      A £500,000 personal donation from ‘Money Saving Expert. Martin Lewis will allow the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of over 420 food banks across the UK, to roll out its ground breaking ‘financial triage, debt and money advice’ to 30 food banks across the UK, helping thousands of people.

      3 pages



      November 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      • Your link is not working – Error 404 File not found. And it’s not only because to the word “triage” is mis-spelled as “traige”!


        November 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  14. Yes, I heard about the Financial Triage at Trussell food banks. But Trussell Food banks are not the only food banks around – the DWP will still have a presence in others.


    November 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    • That’s for sure, as I said though if I ever see one of them in the local food bank, I will let you all know what goes on.


      November 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    • Interestingly, one definition of the word “triage” is “broken coffee beans”!


      November 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

  15. Santa Claus

    November 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

  16. If someone is a Pre-April 2014 Work Programme Returner then they’d still have been likely sent on “Job Centre Offer”, “Daily Signing” or “Mandatory Intervention Regime” so I’m really puzzled now if someone has done one of those how are they marked as on the claim Dialogue is it as ‘CWP/Exit’ or ‘MIR/Exit’ etc.. as the’d have done that or will they still be liable for a go-around the CWP merry-go-round even though they would have had a post work programme returner interview and been applied to one of the previous groups (just not CWP).

    I wonder so much about this as isn’t the contracts eligible (or were) until March 2016 so I’m guessing the Tories have changed the rules or the Jobcentre is abusing the existing guidelines.

    But the thing is the existing Guidelines still seem to imply that someone placed on ‘Daily Signing’ or ‘MIR’ and outside 8 weeks since the ‘Work Programme Returner interview’ shouldn’t be eligible.

    Maybe the people who were in the control group and had Job Centre offer might be – but even that is puzzling me.

    If anyone finds out if the likes of Seetec etc.. have been issued new guidance I’d be curious to know as if they have not then many referrals the Jobcentre makes would break the rules they’d been given by virtue of being long long past the 8 week work programme returned interview reassessment period point.

    • Mandating claimants to undertake activity,

      The following steps must be taken on every occasion you want to mandate a claimant to undertake activity:

      Ensure that the activity is reasonable in the claimant’s circumstances.

      Ensure you provide the claimant with an adequate opportunity to make representations as to the activities
      or placement they will undertake before they are mandated to them and give proper consideration to those representations.


      November 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm


    “The letting agent makes money (£5.5m so far) by putting several unrelated people in one house and charging housing benefit for each person, rather than the property. Therefore, the total benefit payout is higher than the rent fee passed on to the property’s landlord”.

    As Arthur Daley would say, “a nice little earner”, and it’s not illegal:



    November 6, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  18. To help the homeless, then why are some of those who are homeless dying in London.

    Another case of money is more important than human beings.


    November 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  19. Money is god to the Tories.


    November 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

  20. Tories In Disarray Over Plans To Raid Universal Credit To Soften Tax Credits Cuts.



    November 6, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  21. David Cameron to water down proposed welfare limits on EU migrants


    Once again big talking macho to big for his boots Cameron is slapped down again in mainland Europe,once told where to go he backs down.


    November 7, 2015 at 12:43 am

  22. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

    The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

    The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

    The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

    ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

    ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

    If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

    Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

    Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend 🙂

    Life Coach

    November 7, 2015 at 12:44 am

    • Don’t sweat the small stuff 😀

      David Rahman Noodles

      November 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

  23. It appears that CWP (Community Work Placements) have been quietly increased from up to 26 weeks to up to 30 weeks. Up from 780 hours ‘community payback’ to 900 hours ‘community payback’.

    It was originally 26 weeks, now all the paperwork says 30weeks. Fuckers!

    Compulsory placements will ‘get people back in touch with the world of work,’ says nobhead David Cameron.

    CWP Victim

    November 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

  24. Here’s a very interesting one on “consent” Gazza, apart from work experience is this another reason why some people don’t hear from employers after having applied for a job.

    2 pages




    November 7, 2015 at 11:33 am

    • enigma,

      very very interesting indeed just from the first page.


      Q1: if have a medical condition has DWP applied for these records?
      A1: Nope, that clearly means DWP/ATOS/Maximus have not complied with the Act meaning they have and are acting Unlawfully. This also means any reports that they themselves produce either falls under this act and is covered by its provisions of consent or it does not. If it does not it is just a piece of paper which as it refers to yourself you can negate.

      Q2: What was/is the Role of Medical/Others in all this?
      A2: As the Medical Staff would have been aware of this they knowingly ignored the act – making their actions unlawlful – if they were paid in the carrying out of these act, I would suggest this falls under Fraud

      Did no one in Gov think this through? Of course not. Nuts

      Q3: Act what Act?
      A3: I never even knew of this – how many others are in the same boat if have a medical issue?


      T1: as it is a parliamentary act, and in conjunction with the Information Act it must follow that the same rules of disclosure i.e. consent etc etc applies to everyone else. Anyone remember DWP providing this in the past? OOpps sorry I forgot we are talking about DWP….

      T2: The fact that this exists and is not common knowledge is disturbing to me

      T3: This calls into question how decisions on sickness benefits have been made, and the reasons why they were made in the way they were done.


      November 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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